How to Work with Time in a Fantasy World
Time is probably not what you think about when it comes to designing your fantasy world. However, time determines a whole lot in the world and it’s something worth thinking about. With this there is quite a lot of room to be creative. You need to think about how time works on your world, how it is measured. We have hours, days, weeks, months, years, does your world have the same or is something completely different?
Food in Fantasy: Adding Flavour to Fantasy Worldbuilding
If you’re building a fantasy world from scratch, food is probably not your primary concern. However, we literally all need it. It makes the world go round, fantasy or otherwise so perhaps you should be thinking about it. Interestingly, there is quite a lot of food and drink mentioned in fantasy novels. Here are some things to consider when writing about food in fantasy:
Top Fantasy Worldbuilding Mistakes To Avoid
If you’re new to worldbuilding or are struggling with the massive task of building an entire world from scratch, it can be an overwhelming process. It's easy to make some common mistakes while worldbuilding. So, this post will highlight which ones I see most often so you know to avoid them in your own stories.
Top Tropes in Fantasy to Avoid If You Want a Unique Story
Tropes appear in all genres of course. We couldn’t get to the year 2020 without a few things getting repeated over the years. Cliches and tropes in fantasy have a tendency to hit the reader in the face, pulling their attention out of the world you’ve spent so long trying to build for them. Once they’re snapped out of the spell you want to create with your fiction, you have to work extra hard to pull them back into your book.
Society and Governments in Fantasy Worlds
If you are building an entire world from scratch for your fantasy novel(s), then there are lots of big-picture things to think about. One of those things is the overall society structure and types of governments in your fantasy world.
A Review of The Witcher: Is It Worth Watching?
This is arguably one of if not the biggest show that Netflix put out in 2019. Everyone’s been talking about it but how does it measure up? This is my review of what I think worked and what didn't. Overall, I'd recommend it, but it's certainly not perfect.
How Big Does Your Fantasy World Need to Be?
What is one thing a lot of epic fantasy novels have? Enormous worlds that take years or even decades to build. But is it always necessary? How big should your fantasy world be? Does it need to be as big as you think?
Do Fiction Writers Need a Website or Blog?
I think an important starting point is to acknowledge that the “do fiction writers need a website or blog” question is asked in different ways. A lot of the time, it’s asked in a way like “Oh god, do I really need a blog? Why do fiction writers need a website, shouldn’t they just write novels?” Other people are a bit more enthusiastic although hesitant. They might ask something like “Do fiction writers need a website or blog yet if they’re unpublished?” Which one do you come under?
How to Use Religious Holidays in Your Fantasy Novel
With the festive season underway, I’ve decided to write a post about religious holidays in fantasy and what place they have in your world and novel. If you’re building a world from scratch, it only makes sense to make up some kind of holiday period. Holidays or periods of celebration have been pretty much ingrained in human culture for generations.
Should You Use Multi POV in Your Fantasy Novel?
Multi-POV, or multiple point of view storytelling has been around for a long time and a lot of people either love it or hate it. It’s been particularly popular since A Song of Ice and Fire and it seems pretty common in the fantasy genre as a whole. But should you go for a multi-POV setup? That’s what this post aims to help you answer.
What Does Your Fantasy World Smell Like?
As fantasy world builders we spend so much time describing the weird and wonderful places we’ve created, from palaces to castles, to taverns to caves. A common mistake is to focus only on the big elements of world, with some of the finer details left to vagueness.
How to Build History in Your Fantasy World
If you want a rich and big fantasy world you have to think of everything. One key thing you should be building is the history of your world. However, when you start to build history in your fantasy world, you’ll quickly realise how tricky it is. Where do you even start?
Is Fantasy Finally Popular? A Goodbye Review of Game of Thrones
How did this story about dragons and zombies become mainstream entertainment? And what does this mean for the fantasy genre? In this post I've analysed what was key to Game of Thrones' success and where it arguably went wrong.